Basement boys show promise
Sporting Bengal United 0-1 Lordswood
Saturday 13 December 2003
Go Travel Kent League Premier Division
by Darrell Harman
On a wet and windy afternoon in east London both sides cancelled eachother out and the football played was frustrating as both teams kept giving the ball away.
The first chance of the game came seven minutes before the interval when Mike Cunningham received the ball from Sean Hetterley and from ten yards his shot was parried away by Helel uz Zamen.
Not to be outdone, Sporting Bengal, with only one point in twenty games after this game, saw Shohad Ali's cross flicked on to Shazzadur Rahman who from eight yards dragged his shot wide.
Both teams were looking to play much better football in the second half as the first half wasn't much of a spectacle for the 55 in attendance.
Sporting Bengal almost scored the opening goal in the first minute of the second half when Prince A Pipinran shot across the face of goal.
Another chance for the hosts went begging after 51 minutes when a 20 yard free kick from Antoine Louis curled around the wall and Lordswood player/manager Paul Piggott pushed the shot around the post.
Piggott kept his side in the game eight minutes later palming Dipreye Jeibowei's shot after the Sporting Bengal player raced into the area.
After these scares Lordswood woke up and increased the tempo and scored the only goal of the game after 66 minutes.
Hetterley ran down the right flank beating his marker and crossed to the back post where Chris Pearce, who was only on the pitch for four minutes, scored his first senior goal for the club from five yards.
Andy Freeman almost doubled the lead after 70 minutes when his free kick on the right curled around the wall and flew past the post.
A breakaway from the basement boys almost brought an equaliser a minute later when Dipreye Jeibowei tried to chip Piggott from the edge of the area but Piggott saved comfortably.
With ten minutes remaining Pearce's first time shot crashed back of the bar before the home side missed another chance when Rahman shot wide when well placed inside Lordswood's penalty area.
Lordswood: Piggott, Day, Thorburn, Crust, Peck (Broad 81), Colyer, Freeman (Overton 86), Cunningham (Pearce 62), Short, Hetterley, Dodsworth